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I want to take a couple minutes to tell you about a part of the world that is very close to my heart. I have a simple, meaningful opportunity for you to use your crochet skills to bless someone in need, so hang in there with me!
A LITTLE BACKGROUND
I work as the graphics/web designer for a very special organization called Project Hope Ministries. Project Hope’s main purpose is to find Forever Families for waiting children in orphanages in Bogota, Colombia (South America) who are the least likely to be adopted — children who are older, have special needs, or are a part of a sibling group. Project Hope attaches matching grants to these children to assist families with the financial cost of adoption, and also provides support to them when they come home. The organization is near and dear to my heart because it was started by my sister and her husband, who have adopted 4 beautiful children (3 from Colombia, and 1 from Bulgaria). My younger sister Jenny was also adopted from Colombia at the age of 13.
The staff of Project Hope spends time each summer in the beautiful city of 7 million people, supporting orphanage staff and teaching the children about Jesus, as well as spreading a message of hope to the poorest of the poor who fight a daily struggle for survival on the streets downtown. Colombia does not have the extensive social welfare programs that we have here in the US and in many other countries; if a man is unable to support his family due to disability, illness, life circumstance, he is forced to forage and beg in the streets. There are no other options; no food stamps, no government housing. In one of the biggest cities in the world, the poverty is a heartbreaking sight.
I had the opportunity to take my second trip to Bogota in the summer of 2013, traveling as a videographer for Project Hope, and my heart was broken for the homeless all around me. Our team took a couple dozen “Blessing Bags” downtown to give away to those who most needed some hope – whether it came from the tangible items we handed them (soap, toothbrushes, granola bars, etc), or from the smiles we offered and the prayers we prayed, I hope that it had a small impact on each life we encountered that week. I know that my life will certainly never be the same after what I saw.
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU
Last year, the Little Monkeys Crochet family came up with almost 100 hats to send to Bogota with the 2014 mission team. This year, my goal is the same: 100 hats!
The requirements for all hats are as follows:
- Hats should be sized for an average adult male (you can use your own pattern or the one I’ve provided at the bottom of this blog post)
- Hats should be made in neutral colors (black, gray, brown, dark blue or green) and cannot have any embellishments such as buttons
- Striped hats are ok
- Use acrylic or cotton yarn (avoid wool)
- May be crocheted or knit
Each hat made will be placed in a larger “blessing bag” filled with toiletries, snacks and other necessities, as well as a spanish-language New Testament Bible. These bags will be distributed downtown by Project Hope Ministries’ 2015 summer mission teams.
If you would like to pledge to make a hat (or lots of hats!), please use the sign-up sheet below. Hats should be shipped no later than May 15, 2015, to the following address:
Project Hope Ministries
195 Bradley Street
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Please include a piece of paper with your name, address, and email address. For every hat you send, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Joann Fabrics! The winner will be notified by email on May 20.
This project is over.
Hats collected: 565!!!
Be sure to sign up for the Little Monkeys Crochet mailing list (via the sidebar form) so you don’t miss out on this fun project next year!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why Colombia? Why not the U.S.?
A. Colombia is special to me, and that’s why I partner with Project Hope Ministries. I don’t think, however, that participating in one project has to mean you can’t participate in others. There are countless opportunities to use your yarn skills to give hope to people in the US. This particular opportunity, however, is for Colombia. (Not to mention, I have readers from all over the world — so wherever you live, try to find ways to use your gifts to help people near and far!)
Q. Why do the hats have to be so plain?
A. These hats will provide warmth to some of Colombia’s poorest. Unfortunately, as is the case in areas of extreme poverty, theft is common. We want to minimize the chances of them being stolen from their recipients, and making them plain yet functional is the best way we can do that.
Q. Do I have to use your pattern?
A. Nope! Just make sure any pattern you use fits the requirements listed above.
Q. Where can I learn more about Project Hope Ministries?
A. Please visit www.project-hope-minitries.org to learn about all of Project Hope’s awesome ministries in Colombia and here in the US!
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